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Vladimir Nabokov
Vladimir Nabokov

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VLADIMIR NABOKOV studied French and Russian literature at Trinity College, Cambridge, then lived in Berlin and Paris, writing prolifically in Russian under the pseudonym Sirin. In 1940, he left France for the United States, where he wrote some of his greatest works—Bend Sinister (1947), Lolita (1955), Pnin (1957), and Pale Fire (1962)—and translated his earlier Russian novels into English. He taught at Wellesley, Harvard, and Cornell. He died in Montreux, Switzerland, in 1977.
 
Thomas Karshan is the author of Vladimir Nabokov and the Art of Play and co- translator of Nabokov’s The Tragedy of Mister Morn. Previously a research fellow at Christ...

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A Hero of Our Time
Foreword by Vladimir Nabokov, Translation by Vladimir Nabokov and Dmitri Nabokov
Written by Mikhail Lermontov
Translated by Vladimir Nabokov and Dmitri Nabokov
Foreword by Vladimir Nabokov


Format: Hardcover, 232 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: June 30, 1992
Price: $20.00

In its adventurous happenings—its abductions, duels, and sexual intrigues—A Hero of Our Time looks backward to the tales of Sir Walter Scott and Lord Byron, so beloved by Russian society in the 1820s and ’30s. In the character of its protagonist, Pechorin—the archetypal Russian antihero—Lermontov’s novel looks forward to the subsequent... Read more >
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Ada, or Ardor
A Family Chronicle
Written by Vladimir Nabokov


Format: Trade Paperback, 624 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 19, 1990
Price: $18.00

Published two weeks after his seventieth birthday, Ada, or Ardor is one of Nabokov’s greatest masterpieces, the glorious culmination of his career as a novelist. It tells a love story troubled by incest. But more: it is also at once a fairy tale, epic, philosophical treatise on the nature of time... Read more >
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Ada, or Ardor
A Family Chronicle
Written by Vladimir Nabokov


Format: eBook, 624 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 16, 2011
Price: $13.99

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The Annotated Lolita
Revised and Updated
Written by Vladimir Nabokov


Format: Trade Paperback, 544 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 23, 1991
Price: $21.00

This is the definitive annotated text of the modern classic. It assiduously glosses Lolita's extravagant wordplay and its frequent literary allusions, parodies, and cross references.



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The Annotated Lolita
Revised and Updated
Written by Vladimir Nabokov


Format: eBook, 544 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 17, 2011
Price: $15.99

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Bend Sinister

Written by Vladimir Nabokov


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 14, 1990
Price: $15.95

The first novel Nabokov wrote while living in America and the most overtly political novel in his oeuvre, Bend Sinister is filled with veiled puns and delightful wordplay. It is first and foremost a compelling narrative about a civilized man and his child caught up in the tyranny of a police... Read more >
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Bend Sinister

Written by Vladimir Nabokov


Format: eBook, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 16, 2011
Price: $11.99

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Despair

Written by Vladimir Nabokov


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 14, 1989
Price: $15.95

Extensively revised by Nabokov in 1965—thirty years after its original publication—Despair is the wickedly inventive and richly derisive story of Hermann, a man who undertakes the perfect crime—his own murder. Read more >
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Despair

Written by Vladimir Nabokov


Format: eBook, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 16, 2011
Price: $11.99

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The Enchanter

Written by Vladimir Nabokov


Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 20, 1991
Price: $15.00

The Enchanter is the precursor to Nabokov's classic novel, Lolita. At once hilarious and chilling, it tells the story of an outwardly respectable man and his fatal obsession with certain prepubescent girls, whose coltish grace and subconscious coquetry reveal, to his mind, a special bud on the verge of bloom. Read more >
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The Enchanter

Written by Vladimir Nabokov


Format: eBook, 144 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 16, 2011
Price: $10.99

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The Eye

Written by Vladimir Nabokov


Format: Trade Paperback, 128 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 5, 1990
Price: $15.00

Nabokov's fourth novel, The Eye is as much a farcical detective story as it is a profoundly refractive tale about the vicissitudes of identities and appearances. Nabokov's protagonist, Smurov, is a lovelorn, excruciatingly self-conscious Russian émigré living in prewar Berlin, who commits suicide after being humiliated by a jealous husband, only... Read more >
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The Eye

Written by Vladimir Nabokov


Format: eBook, 128 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 16, 2011
Price: $11.99

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The Gift

Written by Vladimir Nabokov


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 7, 1991
Price: $16.00

The Gift is the last novel Nabokov wrote in his native language. It is his ode to Russian literature, evoking the works of Pushkin, Gogol, and others in the course of its narrative: the story of Fyodor Godunov-Cherdyntsev, an impoverished émigré poet living in Berlin, who dreams of the book he... Read more >
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The Gift

Written by Vladimir Nabokov


Format: eBook, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 16, 2011
Price: $11.99

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Glory

Written by Vladimir Nabokov


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 5, 1991
Price: $15.00

This is the wry and ironic story of Martin Edelweiss, a twenty-two-year-old Russian émigré of no account, who is in love with a girl who refuses to marry him. Convinced that his life is about to be wasted and hoping to impress his love, he decides to embark upon a "perilous... Read more >
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Glory

Written by Vladimir Nabokov


Format: eBook, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 16, 2011
Price: $11.99

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Invitation to a Beheading

Written by Vladimir Nabokov


Format: eBook, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 16, 2011
Price: $11.99

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Invitation to a Beheading

Written by Vladimir Nabokov


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 19, 1989
Price: $15.00

Invitation to a Beheading embodies the vision of a bizarre and irrational world. In an unnamed country, the young man Cincinnatus C. is condemned to death by beheading for "gnostical turpitude," an imaginary crime that defines definition. Cincinnatus spends his final days in a jail where he is visited by chimerical... Read more >
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King, Queen, Knave

Written by Vladimir Nabokov


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 17, 1989
Price: $15.00

This is Nabokov's story of Dreyer, a wealthy boisterous proprietor of a men's clothing emporium, who is repugnant to his wife, Martha. Attracted to his money but repelled by his oblivious passion, she longs for their nephew instead, the myopic Franz. Newly arrived in Berlin, Franz soon repays his uncle's condescension... Read more >
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King, Queen, Knave

Written by Vladimir Nabokov


Format: eBook, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 16, 2011
Price: $11.99

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Laughter in the Dark

Written by Vladimir Nabokov


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 17, 1989
Price: $15.00

Albinus, a respectable, middle-aged man and aspiring filmmaker, abandons his wife for a lover half his age: Margot, who wants to become a movie star herself. When Albinus introduces her to Rex, an American movie producer, disaster ensues. What emerges is an elegantly sardonic and irresistibly ironic novel of desire, deceit... Read more >
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Laughter in the Dark

Written by Vladimir Nabokov


Format: eBook, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 16, 2011
Price: $11.99

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Lolita

Written by Vladimir Nabokov


Format: Hardcover, 376 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: March 9, 1993
Price: $22.00

Awe and exhilaration—along with heartbreak and mordant wit—abound in this account of the aging Humbert Humbert's obsessive, devouring, and doomed passion for the nymphet Dolores Haze. Lolita is also the story of a hypercivilized European colliding with the cheerful barbarism of postwar America, but most of all, it is a meditation... Read more >

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Lolita

Written by Vladimir Nabokov


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 13, 1989
Price: $15.95

Awe and exhiliration—along with heartbreak and mordant wit—abound in Lolita, Nabokov’s most famous and controversial novel, which tells the story of the aging Humbert Humbert’s obsessive, devouring, and doomed passion for the nymphet Dolores Haze. Lolita is also the story of a hypercivilized European colliding with the cheerful barbarism of postwar... Read more >
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